By Sheila Arkee
When your bookshelf looks something like this and you can hardly find anything, you know it’s time for some spring cleaning realness. With an active six year old running around, it’s so easy for me to just throw stuff in piles or without much form or function. However, I always get to the point where I feel overwhelmed with stuff and know it’s time to clean up. The same goes for my makeup collection, which can get out of hand rather quickly given my life as a beauty blogger. The suggested guidelines for discarding beauty items are as follow:
- Mascara – 3 months
- Cleansers and moisturizers – 6 months
- Cream products – 12 months
- Liquid foundation, lipstick, and lipgloss – 12 months
- Makeup sponges – 1 month
- Pencil liners (lip and eye): 3 years
Although I don’t tend to follow the guidelines for throwing away makeup very strictly (10 year old lipstick, anyone?), by and large please toss anything that smells bad or causes any kind of skin irritation. While powder products that don’t contain water to introduce bacteria can last for many years, you will definitely want to keep an eye out for creamy, water-based products that have turned the tide and are no longer appropriate to wear.
If you feel overwhelmed with cosmetics clutter, consolidate! Too many single eyeshadow and blush containers lying around? Invest in empty metallic makeup palettes and look up depotting tutorials on YouTube. The same goes for cream concealers and lipsticks which can be melted in the microwave and replaced in palettes.
I have never tried the HALLS® drops for allergies but I think it is a great idea. Self-care is really important and it is something that I promote on Painted Ladies. HALLS is a good product to have on hand so you can tackle seasonal allergies and not suffer with coughing or sore throats. One thing that I will be doing for spring is going through and cleaning out my makeup collection, tossing things that may cause irritation because it has reached the expiration date. Spring is about cleaning out the old and getting ready for the new.
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